Between Grasse and Menton, the inland paths over the Mediterranean knew how to remain intact. With the mountain and the sea, with in the background the summits and passes of the Mercantour, the view over the Mediterranean, this tour offers you fabulous contrasts. The climate is unique with the mimosas, box trees, yews, orange and lemon trees and its olive forests. The villages, often unsuspected form below, are hug to the mountain. The steep gorges are impressive and magnificent and allow to admire surprising waterfalls.
And as always… the sun! An extraordinary tour during winter, spring and fall.
Highlights: Easy access, private transfer in the Var Valley
Itinerary & Cost
Day 01: Arrival in Grasse
Day 02: Grasse – Pont du Loup (Walk ~ 6hr)
Day 03: Pont du Loup – Courmes (Walk ~ 6hr)
Day 04: Courmes – Vence (Walk ~ 4.5hr)
Day 05: Vence – St Jeannet (Walk ~ 6hr)
Day 06: St Jeannet — La Turbie – Ste Agnès (Walk ~ 5hr)
Day 07: Ste Agnès – Menton (Walk ~ 3.5hr)
Day 08: Depart Menton or extension on own
The French Riviera from Grasse to Menton
“Les balcons de la Côte d’Azur”
Day 1 Grasse
Arrival in Grasse, capital of fragrances. If you have time you can visit a perfumery or the old town; Grasse really worth a visit.
Day 2 Grasse – Pont du Loup
Today’s stage will bring you to Pont du Loup by the Belvedere of Grasse and the perched village of Bar sur Loup, a beautiful place to visit. Don’t miss the altarpiece and the “danse macabre” from the 15th century.
6h, + 750m, -600m, 16km
Day 3 Pont du Loup – Courmes
You’ll climb the « paradise path » up to the medieval village of Gourdon: you’ll be rewarded! From all of its 760m high, with its 13th century castle; the village overlooks the region of Cannes. The path is shaped in the cliff of gorges du Loup, a bit daring but not dangerous, will bring you into tunnels and by footbridges, along the aqueduct to the village of Courmes, above a waterfall. You’ll have to bring a flashlight.
6h, + 795m, – 350m,
Day 4 Courmes – Vence
A wonderful ascent, early in the morning, from the Pic des Courmettes (1248m), the panorama from Nice to Mandelieu is stunning, one of the most beautiful of the region. You can see underneath: the gorges du Loup, Cannes, and the Lerins islands.
In the background: the Alps, the Mercantour… By the edge of the Puy de Tourette, you will overlook the limestone plateau of Caussols, Vence, Cheiron and the villages of Cipière, Gréolières and Coursegoule. All along the descent towards Vence, you will admire the beautiful landscapes of the Mediterranean with its “restanques” (terrace that goes back to the 16th century).
Your destination: Vence, wonderful old town with its beautiful cathedral (11th century).
4h30, + 350m, – 650m,
Day 5 Vence – St Jeannet
Baou des Blancs, Baou des Gris, St Jeannet or Gaude: these are the names of the headlands above the coastline…
Quick transfer to Coste Bérarde, then wild cross of the Plan de Noves across the limestone plateau. St Jeannet is an authentic Provencal village. At the summit of its Baou, the view drowns over the pink and yellow tiles, over Nice, Antibes, the Baie des Anges (Angels Bay) and Esterel… The views are stunning, it’s a great stage.
6h, + 600m, – 750m,
Day 6 La Turbie – Ste Agnès
Taxi transfer (40mn) to La Turbie to « jump » in the Var Valley. You’ll walk above the Mediterranean with views over Monaco, Roquebrune Cap Martin and Menton. At the summit of Baudon (1200m) you are at less than 5km from the sea, the view is stunning! Underneath, you have the Nice inland, the coast from Vintimille to St Tropez. Ascent to Ste Agnès by the old village of Gorbio. At 766m high, set upon a rock, the castle protects the village from the highest coastline in Europe!
5h, + 600m, – 500m,
Day 7 Ste Agnès – Menton
Long descent to Menton and the sea. Facing the sea, this stage through the various levels of vegetation, in the various smells, is a real delight. You’ll finally arrive in Menton with its old town and its beach: the tradition says that you have to swim!
3h30, + 600m, – 1250m,
Day 8 Menton
Departure after breakfast
Tour Code: EUR-FRGM-08
LAND Price per person in SGD 1,318
Single room supplement : +SGD 358 / person
Extra night :
In Grasse hotel 2* : SGD 98 in B&B per person in double room. SGD 148 in single room.
In Menton Hotel 3* : SGD 158 in B&B per person in double room, SGD 228 in single room.
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
LAND Price includes
- Accommodation in a 2 person sharing the room basis in B&B 7 nights
- 3 diners
- Luggage transfer
- Transfer from St Jeannet to La Turbie and from Vence to Coste Bérade
- The travel pack
- Tourist taxes
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
- All airfare & taxes
- Personal gears
- Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
- Travel Insurance
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- Single supplement
- Meals in Grasse, St Jeannet and Vence
- Visits and other transfers during the tour
- Visa and Visa application fees
- All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
The French Riviera from Grasse to Menton
(8 days, 7 nights)
Selfguided tour – Nothing to carry
Season: Jan to beginning of Nov.
Level: Easy to average.
Cost: S$ 1318
Easy to average.
No technical difficulties. 4 to 6 hours of walking per day. +300m to 700m ascent per day.
You only carry a back pack for the day with the necessary for your hike and the picnic for the day. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.
8 days, 7 nights, 6 days walking.
ACCOMMODATION / FOOD
Accommodation: Hotels (or guesthouses) 1* to 3*, hotel *** in Vence & Menton, 2 person sharing a room with en-suite bathroom.
Half board in Pont du Loup, Courmes and Ste Agnès, B&B in Grasse, St Jeannet and Vence.
You can order picnics at the hotels.
We are in charge of the accommodation reservation, luggage transfers, we supply travel pack with maps and road books details, vouchers for the hotels and touristic information.
1 travel documents for 2 or 3 persons.
2 person minimum.
START / END
Start: Day 1 Grasse. The walk will start on Day 2
End: Day 8, in Menton (after breakfast)
At your convenience, from Jan to beginning of Nov.
No departure on Sundays
No departure from mid-June to mid-September.
CAUTION ! Grand Prix de Monaco: “Grand Prix Historique” : 13 – 15.05.2016 / Grand Prix : 26. – 29.05.2016
At this time, the booking is very difficult.
General information :
Tourism office in Grasse Tel: 04 93 36 66 66
Tourism office in Cannes Tel: 04 93 99 19 77
Tourism office in Menton Tel: 04 93 41 76 76
To the start: owl train Paris-Cannes and bus to Grasse
At the end: owl train from Menton to Paris
Bus from Cannes (train station) to Grasse (bus station), timetables: (line 610)
For more information: CTM tel: 04 93 90 92 92. The journey takes about 50 minutes.
Bus from Nice (airport) to Grasse, timetables: (line 500)
Nice Airport: 0820 423 333
PARK YOUR CAR
You can park your car in Grasse in the public parking or in a private parking.
If you arrive by car, you can take a train from Menton to Cannes (1h15) and a bus to Grasse.
You can also take the bus by changing in Nice (Rapid’ Côte d’Azur).
If you are a little group, we can organise a private transfer.
IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE
Nice Airport is the closest one.
Nice Airport: 0820 423 333
Recommended Clothing and equipment
- A small comfortable backpack for the day (35 to 40L)
- Good hiking shoes with good soles
- A pair of sneakers
- Shorts, T-shirts
- Comfortable trousers to hike
- A light shirt with long sleeves
- A windbreaker
- Woollen socks
- A hat and sunglasses
- A flask
- Toilet bag
- A first-aid-kit (aspirin, gauze bandage, disinfectant…)
- A bathing suite
- Cutlery and a Tupperware (as lunch box).
- + Another bag: a backpack or a travel bag (not to big)
A deposit of S$ 800 per person is required upon confirmation and the balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the departure date. Non-payment by required date may result in the cancellation of your booking and subjected to cancellation charges.
Each person is required to signup online at http://www.x-trekkers.com/activity-registration
Payment by cheque/ bank transfer
Account Name X-TREKKERS ADVENTURE CONSULTANT PTE LTD”
Bank Name: Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC code 7339)
Bank Branch: Clementi Branch (Branch code 522)
Account No: 522-076249-001
For Overseas remittance, All wire transfer fees are to be borne by you.
Beneficiary Bank Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited Singapore
SWIFT Code: OCBCSGSG
CHIPS UID 010275
As soon as the payment is made, please send the bank-in slip or receipt by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Payment by Paypal or Credit Card
Please add 4% Convenient Fee